UCKG’s Catford HelpCentre to Open

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The UCKG is opening the first phase of its new HelpCentre in the former ABC cinema at 1 Bromley Road Catford on Saturday April 29, just seven months after winning planning consent for renovation and partial change of use of the building.

Special services of prayer will take place at 10.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Bishop Renato Cardoso, who heads UCKG in Britain, will lead the services assisted by pastors from other UK branch churches, Pastor Wagner Paiva who is to be in charge at Catford and his assistant pastor Yemi Abiodun.

“We look forward to welcoming members of the local community, church members and regular attenders to informal worship that aims to connect people with God without undue ceremony getting in the way,” said Bishop Renato.

A UCKG HelpCentre is a combination of a thriving community centre and a church for public worship offering services four times a day, seven days a week. In Catford, the HelpCentre will offer youth and seniors groups, a training centre, and one-to-one counselling for people who need individual help.

The training centre will offer IT courses and English for Speakers of Other Languages to nationally recognised curricula, leading to recognised qualifications. It will be UCKG’s fourth London training centre, the others being at its headquarters in the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, and at Croydon, and Kilburn.

A crèche will be available for people attending church and participating in other UCKG activities. There will also be facilities for conferences and exhibitions.

For the immediate future, the church will provide daily services, free drop-in counselling, and a Youth Group temporarily using the first floor of the building as its main auditorium. However the long term plan is for UCKG to use the ground floor for its HelpCentre, the second floor for the training centre while the first floor will be fitted out as a luxurious 200+ seat cinema, to be operated by a cinema company.

Pastor Paul Hill, head of property for UCKG said: “We are investing heavily in refurbishing the former ABC cinema and are very happy with the way the work has progressed to date. We look forward to completing the work as soon as possible for the benefit of the whole community.

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